Thursday, January 8, 2009

Orlando January Job Fair Accomodates Ticket To Work Participants

Rehabilitation Services in Orlando, FL assisting with January Job Fair
On Monday, January 19th, the Orlando Employment Guide will host our January Job Fair at the Florida Mall and Conference Center. During the planning stages of this event we have worked with Rehabilitation Services, Inc. to assist in the participation of Social Security Disability Recipients (Ticket to Work program) and getting them involved in not only this job fair, but in looking for employment that will impact their future.

If you have come to this page from a call from Rehabilitation Services, Inc., I welcome you to the Orlando JobSpot, the official blog and job seeking information site for the Orlando Employment Guide. On this site you will find information regarding local events like job fairs and seminars, helpful tips on resumes, cover letters and using the Internet to increase your odds of finding employment.

Information on the January Job Fair
The career fair will be held on Monday, January 19th at the Florida Hotel and Convention Center, located adjacent to the Florida Mall on the corner of Orange Blossom Trail and Sand Lake Rd. A Google Map of the location can be found below.

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The event will take place from 10am - 2pm and will feature over 30 local hiring companies and education institutions. A full list of the companies will be available on this site Wednesday, January 14th. Please bookmark this page to check back in with us then.

Job Fair Tips
A job fair is slightly different that applying for a job online or walking in and filling in an application. Here are a few tips to make the best of your job fair experience.
  • Arrive early - While there may be more people to compete with, recruiters are often at their best early in the day and are willing to chat and give you information regarding their organizations.
  • Print out a few copies of your resume - Some companies will be accepting resumes at the event. If you run across one of these companies, it is highly recommended that you hand the recruiter the resume at this time.
  • Bring a smile and some optimism - A job fair is overwhelming, but remember that your attitude and 1st impressions can go a long way to helping a recruiter remember you when the day is over.
  • Have an elevator pitch - You will likely not have a lot of one-on-one time with a hiring manager or HR rep so make the most of the time you do have. Have a 30-45 pitch of yourself, your qualities, relevant experience and goals rehearsed and prepared in the case that you do get to pitch yourself.
  • Resist distractions - This can include turning your cell phone off, being organized with papers, folders and hand-outs, not chewing gum or coming up to a table in mid-conversation with a friend. Professionalism goes a long way at these events.
  • Dress to impress - This is your shot at a first impression, make it great by dressing up to the position you wish to obtain.

For more information on the January Job Fair, please visit the Orlando Employment Guide.


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